Teen livens up scenery at Bainbridge Health and Rehab for service project

Published 5:44 pm Friday, April 21, 2017

Savannah Padgett, with the help of Decatur County Lions Club and Global Youth Service Day, made Decatur County Health and Rehab look a little brighter.

Thursday afternoon, Padgett along with Lions Club members, Home Depot, family and friends planted flowers around the building to liven up the atmosphere.

Donations from Walmart, Barber Fertilizer, Home Depot and Esposito’s of Tallahassee made the project possible.

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“It was just to plant some more flowers and make the nursing home a little bit brighter for the residents looking out their windows,” said Padgett, a senior at Bainbridge High School.

Padgett wanted the health center’s residents and their families to know that other people care.

“It touches my heart that there are people out in the community that really care,” said Melissa Reynolds, director of nursing services at Bainbridge Health and Rehab. “The residents aren’t just here with nobody caring about them. It’s others beside their families.

Reynolds noted it was very honorable, especially in this day and time, that the youth would want to help.

Padgett has been active in Georgia 4-H for eight years and currently serves on the 2016-17 Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors.

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

In February, Padgett was awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant through Youth Service America. The $500 grant went toward a campaign to collect scented soaps, lotions, scarves, costume jewelry, cologne, handkerchiefs, gently used purses and other items to submit to Bainbridge Health and Rehab and Memorial Manor to distribute to residents.